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European Union - Thirty-Third Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 14 July 2003.


CONTENTS

PART 1: executive summary

PART 2: background

Introduction: what is the purpose of this report?

Why examine the preliminary draft budget?

2004 is a significant year for the EC budget

Putting the annual budget in context

The over-arching legal framework

The financial perspective

The own resources decision

The financial regulation

Individual spending programmes

The annual budgetary process

A brief overview of the process

The Council's second reading

The European Parliament's second reading and the adoption of the budget

The position of the committee

PART 3: The 2004 EC Budget

The Government's priorities for the 2004 budget

External actions (category 4)

Administration (category 5)

Other spending categories

Agriculture (category 1)

Structural operations (category 2)

Pre-accession strategy (category 6)

PART 4: Proposals for reform of the budget process

Proposed changes to budget expenditure

PART 5: Summary of Conclusions

Scrutiny of the annual EC budget

Activity-based budgeting

The 2004 budget

The Government's priorities for the 2004 budget

External action (category 4)

Administration (category 5)

Other categories of expenditure

Agriculture (Category 1)

Structural operations (Category 2)

Pre-accession strategy (Category 6)  

Proposals for reform of the budget process

Recommendation

Appendix 1: Membership of the Sub-Committee and Declaration of Interests

Table 1: Budget 2003 and PDB 2004 (EU-25) - Appropriations for payments

Table 2: Budget 2003 and PDB 2004 (EU-25) - Appropriations for commitments

ORAL EVIDENCE

Wednesday 11 June 2003

The Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Paymaster General,

HM Treasury

Mr Geoff Lloyd, Head of EU Finances, HM Treasury

Mr Stephen Evans, Policy Adviser, European Finances,

HM Treasury

Mr Andrew Olive, Policy Adviser, European Finances,

HM Treasury

Explanatory Memorandum  1

Oral Evidence, 11 June 2003  14

Supplementary Written Evidence  23

NOTE:  Pages of the report are numbered in bold type; pages of evidence are numbered in ordinary type. References in the text of the report are as follows:

  (Q)  refers to a question in oral evidence

  (p)  refers to a page of written evidence.

A short glossary of the key terms can be found in Annex 2 of the Explanatory Memorandum by HM Treasury (pp 13-14)


 
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